Update to this story.
(ABC News) — A Pakistani Christian girl detained on accusations of defaming Islam has been refused a meeting with a lawyer.
Rimsah Masih, a teenage girl who some media have said has Down’s Syndrome, was reported by a neighbour under Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law after her daughter saw Masih throwing away rubbish that included burned Islamic religious texts.
A spokesman for All Pakistan Minorities Alliance said jail authorities had told lawyers to get permission from top authorities to meet with Masih.
“I myself contacted the inspector general (of prisons) by phone and he told me that he will call me back, but I am still waiting to speak to him,” Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of Rimsha’s lawyers, said.
“Legally, they can’t stop a lawyer seeing his client in the jail but the authorities are refusing us a meeting.”
Punjab prison authorities have denied restricting the access of lawyers to Masih.
Christian activist Xavier William, who had visited Masih at the police station where she was first detained, said she was “frightened and traumatised.”
“She was assaulted and in very bad shape. She had bruises on her face and on her hands,” Mr William said.